CLASSIC MOONBEAMGilbert Monroe Smith, 1909/2013Gaff sloop. LOA 22' Beam 6' 8" Draft 1' 3"
The B Class Moonbeam: The smartest and most versatile small boat of all Gil Smith’s celebrated designs. A racing champion, created in 1909, at the height of his powers. Tacks, board up, through a headwind, turns on a dime; straightforward gaff rig, with simple reefing. Her beam assures stability. Wooden Boatworks has revived this shoal-draft classic for both the seasoned and novice sailor.
The Classic Moonbeam is now available in three builds: all wood; with fibreglass hull with a laid wood deck; with fibreglass hull and fibreglass deck, rigged as a catboat or a sloop.
KID IIGilbert Monroe Smith, 1907/2009Gaff sloop. LOA 36' 9" LWL 25' Beam 9' 9" Draft 2' 2"
A completely new-built, replica Gil Smith launched April, 2009. The plans for this replica were lifted by laser scanning. A P-Class from the Long Island Yacht Racing Association and especially designed for the Great South Bay. Theo Rye, naval architect, Nathaniel Wilson, sailmaker and rigger, and Wooden Boatworks’ Donn Costanzo collaborated in the design for the new rig and sail plan. Kid II sails the Great South Bay today as a beloved family boat.
MADIGANGilbert Monroe Smith, 1870's/1997Gaff catboat. LOA 25' 5" Beam 8' 7" Draft 1' 4"
Replica of an original 1870s Great South Bay workboat, possibly a ‘buy boat’, a swift sailboat designed to truck oysters from oysterboat to shore to catch the market. Lines taken from the original in the East Hampton Marine Museum. Built in 1997 at Lance Lee’s Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine, one of the earliest revivals of Gil Smith’s designs.
Maintained and stored indoors at Wooden Boatworks. She sails today in East Hampton, NY.
TAMAYASAMOZGilbert Monroe Smith, 1925/2007Gaff catboat. LOA 21' 2" LWL 6' 9" Draft 1' 4"
Replica of the last B-Class catboat designed by Smith, his 1925 Gay B. Lofting in January 2007, she was completed in seven months and launched in July of that year. Built of steam-bent oak frames, planked with Atlantic white cedar, decked in Port Orford cedar with cherry king plank and covering boards. As in the original, the elliptical coaming, bulkhead and trimwork are also cherry. She sails in East Hampton, New York.
THISTLESGordon Douglass, 1945/2012Sloop. LOA 17' Beam 6' Draft 6"
The classic Thistle one-designs sail as fast and high as dry leaves racing downstream. A 2012 custom build and replication of Thistles #586 and #705 required new plans, lofting and a new jig. Each hull was formed by five layers of precisely-set strips of 1/6th-inch mahogany stapled and glued in “cold-molded” construction – our first work with this process which, produces singular strength with barely discernible weight. Created new transoms. Rebuilt and restored cockpit interiors, re-weaving original wood into hull #705. Both classics, Thistles #586 and #705, will return to family sailing on the Great South Bay.